Welcome fall in crime against sr citizens

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Jul 2018 08:23:11


By Dheeraj Fartode,

Senior Citizen Cell achieves big success in bringing down crime against elderly people to six (till June 30, 2018) from 121 registered last year

AFTER a horrendous year for senior citizens, who fell prey to grievous crimes, Nagpur Police have brought about a major turnaround, giving big solace to the old people. As against 121 grievous crimes against senior citizens last year, only six have been reported this year so far.

Glancing through the record sheet, it appears that serious crimes, including murder, attempt to murder, robberies and frauds decreased in city this year. Last year, eight brutal murders of elderly citizens were reported while this year it has come down to just one. As against two attempt to murder cases last year, not a single case has been registered so far.

In year 2017, a total of 44 elderly citizens were robbed of valuables and the police drew flak from all corners. But the cops have managed to secure the senior citizens as just three cases of robberies have been reported so far. Similarly, as against three hurt cases and 31 cases of frauds, not a single case has come up till June-end. Other Indian Penal Code (IPC) cases, too, have decreased to one as compared to 31 last year.

Police attribute this major change to the extensive measures that its Senior Citizen Cell undertook to bring down the soaring crime graph.

“We have registered names, address and contact numbers of 5,522 elderly citizens who are staying alone in individual houses. Members of ‘Damini Pathak’ are regularly visiting their houses and inquiring about their needs,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Economic Offences Wing (EoW) Shweta Khedkar informed The Hitavada.

“The ‘Damini Pathak’ members have exchanged their phone number with the senior citizens and they have been asked to contact in case of any emergency or for any need,” she added.

Though the cops sometimes get weird requests from the callers, ranging from garbage pile-up to LPG connections, they mostly attend to many of such calls. “It is our duty to help our old people. We try to solve most of their complaints on regular basis even if they are domestic issues,” Khedkar said.

The DCP added, burglars and robbers often target houses having senior citizens as chances of facing resistance are less. “Hence, patrolling of beat marshals has been planned accordingly to maintain extra vigil at the houses. Similarly, the Senior Citizen Cell has also distributed identify cards to them so that they would get immediate help at police stations,” Khedkar added.

Criminal Intensive Surveillance Project (CRISP) has also helped the police to put a check on crime against senior citizens. Under the CRISP project, the beat marshals have been tasked to check location of history-sheeters once in a week.





CP assures full security to senior citizens

Commissioner of Police Dr. K. Venkatesham has urged the elderly citizens to contact Senior Citizen Cell on -0712-2226533 and register their names. The CP assured full security and immediate response in case of emergency.





Types of complaints received at Senior Citizen Cell

Neighbours throwing garbage in house

Help to visit hospital

Youngsters creating chaos near house

Harassment by daughter-in-law (3 complaints)

Tenant not vacating house

Harassment by tenant

Illegal parking in front of house

Theft of LPG regulator

Seeking medicine from medicine stores

Arrangement for stay